Different departments at Karolinska Institutet have different traditions regarding research plans for doctoral students. It may not be sufficient to fulfill the requirements of another KI department to fulfill the requirements at LIME. You need to take a closer look at the requirements we specify below.
Please note that LIME is a multidisciplinary department. Therefore, the research plan should be written in a way that is understandable to readers from different fields of research.
We would like to stress that the doctoral student’s research plan is just that: a plan from the present perspective that will most likely evolve and change over time. The primary focus of the plan should be principal aspects of the research project rather than individual sub-studies. We therefore urge you to spend time and effort considering and explaining the following:
Describe the knowledge gap and how the doctoral project will address it.
Research aim and central research questions
What is the overall research aim of the doctoral project?
Research aims (relating to the knowledge to be acquired) are sometimes confused with healthcare aims (such as improved health or wellbeing for a certain patient group).
What central research questions (related to the overall aim) will the research answer?
Central research questions show how the research aim is meant to be achieved: “We will accomplish this aim by answering the following research questions...”
An introductory general Methods section in the research plan is required. Describe the main methods of data collection and analysis that you plan to use. If applicable, describe theoretical underpinnings that are relevant for your research.
Sub-studies should not be confused with papers. The number of sub-studies is not necessarily equivalent to the number of papers that will be written, since a sub-study may generate more than one paper.
It is acceptable not to have decided everything at this point in time. Describe the sub-studies that have been planned so far and clearly state what is yet to be decided. It is recommended that at least the first one or two sub-studies are specified in some detail so that the admissions board can evaluate whether you understand where to start and what may lie ahead.